OPENINGS: Jam-Eng, a restaurant specializing in Jamaican and English fare (think jerk chicken and callaloo; cottage pie and roast lamb), will open on the corner of North Orange Avenue and East Washington Street downtown ... Tactical Brewing Co. is now brewing in Baldwin Park ... Mr. Margarita Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar has opened in Wekiva Springs ... Kumo Asian Kitchen is serving sushi burritos in Altamonte Springs ... Little Greek Fresh Grill continues its rapid expansion and will open in the Sproutsplaza in Winter Park next year ... Sprouts competitor Lucky's Market will open two more stores in Orlando next year – one on Orange Avenue at Pineloch and the other near SeaWorld at 12005 Regency Village Drive.
CLOSINGS: Brownierie Cafe in Winter Park has closed ... The Noble Smokesman, which we reviewed in September, has also closed. The owner is looking to relocate the barbecue joint.
EVENTS: Dragonfly Robata Grill & Sushi will stage Tokyo Soul, a two-night event, Dec. 6 and 7 fusing Japanese street food with "Southern soul." Cost is $50 ... The annual Kamayan Feast, a utensil-free, Filipino-style gastronomic celebration, goes Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. at Kadence. Cost is $75 ... Capa Steakhouse hosts a Moët-Hennessy Champagne Dinner Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. The five-course dinner with pairings goes for $295 ... Reel Fish Coastal Kitchen will hold its Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $69.
NEWS: Jose Andres, whose restaurant Jaleo will open in Disney Springs next year, has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize ... Josh Oakley, former chef/owner of the Smiling Bison, is now cooking at the Sullivan Public House in Sanford. Oakley says he's serving "pub food done right." Oakley will also open his own restaurant soon. It'll be a drastic departure from Smiling Bison, he says. We'll keep you posted as details are revealed.
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